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So now Twilight has achieved her destiny and has become an alicorn princess. This makes me somewhat happy for her and very concerned for her possibly former assistant. I'm worried about where Spike will go from here now that Twilight is a princess. I say that because Twilight will probably get an army of Guardponies and servants who can do everything for her that Spike did in the past. That and I feel that Twilight has undervalued all that Spike has done for her to get her to the point where she is now. We all know how naive she can be after all. I wonder if it will get to the point where Spike's biggest nightmare will actually come true about Twilight no longer having a need for him. Like I said before, I think it's possible. With that in mind, I like to imagine what Spike would do. Maybe he would still look after Treebrary while Twilight rules (insert Equestrian city here), possibly go out and live on his own like a normal dragon does, or maybe one of the other 5 manes takes him in? Or could it be somewhat possible for him to be taken out of the show completely? With Twilight learning how to be a princess she just won't have time to look after Spike anymore supposedly. This doesn't always have to warrant a bad thing. If they keep Spike around and Twilight DOES let him go, it could lead to good character development for Spike. Like he could go out on his own to try make himself a better, stronger dragon. Give me your thoughts. What kind of role do you see Spike having in Season 4?

Note: Spike is my favorite character in the show and I've always been sick of him being treated like dirt most of the time. I really do hope he's able to stick around and become a more fun, useful character. I'm a HUGE fan of his character potential despite it getting botched constantly.
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StreamOverlord Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
You Have A Very Good Point, Personally I Hope Spike Gets A Bigger Role On Season 4 Alongside More Character Development, And That Is Shown WHERE Spike Even Comes From Alongside His Mysterious Past. Or If He's Gonna Have A Unique Power.

GOOD LUCK!
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bloatenator Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, I do too.
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srbarker Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I say "Don't worry about it and wait for Season 4". :D
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Scholar57 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
You raise some interesting thoughts, BigSims3030. If you don't mind, I would like to contribute to your brainstorming. Given that the idea is so intriguing, almost irresistible, I couldn't help but hatch a few ideas of my own.

With the conclusion of Season 3 and Twilight's "true destiny" revealed, it leaves many fans of MLP:FiM to wonder what's in store for Spike's destiny. There has always been a curtain concealing Spike's origins and how he came to be in Ponyville, and now it seems his future has fallen under the same condition. Since there were more Spike episodes in Season 3 than the previous two, it's reasonable to guess that there will be more episodes to give his character focus and support his development. Learning where he comes from can be dealt with later. Finding out where he goes from here is, at the moment, more captivating.

The idea that Spike won't be needed as much could very well be a reality he'll face in the following season. While Twilight will, without much doubt, allow Spike to continue living with her, I wonder if she herself knows the uncertain possibilities that exist now that she's a princess. As royalty, she will probably have a mass of servants who will attend and assist her with any request. Many of these servants may be very well trained in the life of service, and Spike, though dearly devoted to Twilight, is still young and might not be able to keep up with all of them. Additionally, as a princess, Twilight will undertake new responsibilities and may not be able to give Spike much attention. She might not even have much time for the others in the Mane 6. If Season 4 opens with an episode detailing the new state of Twilight's role as princess, we may very well get some of these questions, and many more, answered.

Where Spike will go from there, if any of this happens, is a mystery. To be honest, I can't actually picture Spike leaving Twilight's side...or perhaps I simply don't want to.... The reason is because I'm not sure where he would go. I don't know if he'll want to go live with other dragons. Many of them have proven to be more aggressive than the ponies Spike was raised with and whose personality and beliefs he shares. As for the library, I'm not sure what will happen to it. Perhaps Spike could work there...but I still can't picture him being anywhere in which Twilight is not involved. If he does take over the library, he might get lonely doing it all by himself (though technically he would still have the other ponies to keep him company).

Over the course of the show, some have speculated that Twilight only sees Spike as a mere assistant or even a slave and nothing more, but I don't think this is true. First of all, slaves are not usually treated with much compassion. From what I've seen throughout the show, it's quite clear that Twilight and the rest of the Mane 6 care deeply for Spike. They attended his birthday party, they talk to one another on friendly terms, they don't fight, they attend several important events together (including Winter Wrap-Up, Shining Armor and Cadence's wedding, and the Return of the Crystal Empire), and let's not forget "Dragon Quest", when Twilight, Rarity, and Rainbow Dash followed him out of concern for his safety and how they stood up for him, despite being out-matched to Garble and his two dragon thugs. Given these moments in the series, it would be odd to think that Spike might question how Twilight and his other friends feel about him. Nevertheless, with the murky unknown of where Spike's future lies beyond Season 3, he might question if Twilight ever really cared. I hope it WILL be made clear, to him and to us, that Twilight sees him as somepony not only worth being friends with, but whom she shares a deep and loving bond.

The subject of Celestia is also curious. Now that Twilight's a princess, what will happen to the letters Spike used to write for her and the other ponies whenever they learned a lesson on friendship? He could probably still do that for the rest of the Mane 6 but he originally sent messages in his role as Twilight's assistant. According to what I learned while reading about the show, Celestia taught that flame-breath spell to him personally, and throughout the show, from what I could see, he is the only one who knows how to use it. Funny, isn't it? All those lessons, all that "Dear Princess Celestia...", wouldn't be delivered if not for the little dragon who rides on Twilight's back. Or maybe Twilight DOES know a spell to deliever messages...I don't know for certain.

As for Celestia herself, perhaps she and Spike share a relationship like that of she and her star pupil. Because Twilight was a student at Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns, it wouldn't be too hard to guess that Celestia might've watched over Spike as Twilight went about her classes. Perhaps that would explain when Spike learned to send messages with his fire breath. Again, I don't know; this is just speculation, though I do think it's worth mentioning. Since Twilight and Spike's relationship is like that of a sister and little brother, his relationship with Celestia may be more like mother and son. Maybe, if Spike begins to question his worth to Twilight in Season 4, he could write a letter to Celestia, asking for help. It would be great to see the two have a heart-to-heart talk.

And of course, there is the most crucial piece of evidence that holds the glue to all this discussion: Spike's personal fear of being separated from Twilight. Unlike being afraid of something physically unappealing, like spiders, the dark, or turbulent weather, Spike's fear is internal and quite personal. It's not because he's afraid of losing his job (though he DOES take pride in it), but because of how he feels towards Twilight. Since the moment he hatched, they have been as close as a brother and sister. Doing almost everything together, Spike's whole world centers around Twilight and their friends. To him, I am sure, he sees Twilight as the closest member of his adoptive family, a sibling most precious. When he sees the vision of it being torn apart, he is so stricken that he almost breaks down. In Spike's mind, being sent away and being apart from Twilight is unbearable. The words "I don't need you anymore" are as soul-crushing as a death sentence.

Twilight reassures Spike that it will never happen, and I'm sure she meant it when she first said it. But that's before she becomes a princess, a future she couldn't have imagined during the Season 3 opener. Now that she is a princess, who knows what's possible now?

Before I close this overly long remark to your fabulous hypothesis, there is one more thing I would like to contribute.

Why exactly did the show's producers choose to show us Spike's greatest fear? It happens for only one little scene and is then dropped from discussion. Information like this feels too important to simply be a random piece of trivia. Could it be that the writers planned this scene to foreshadow something that will occur later in the series? It's like something Alfred Hitchcock once said: "if you have a rifle hanging over the fireplace in Act I, you must have the trigger pulled by Act III," or something along those lines. Everything in a story, play, or cartoon is placed there for a reason; if it's not going to serve a greater purpose then why show it in the first place?

Spike's fear is a terrible one because it CAN happen. Plus, it just so happens there's a villain in MLP:FiM who is empowered by fear. Given that we barely got to know him, King Sombra might not have bitten the dust. Maybe he's only been put aside until he can make a grander and more sinister entrance. Seeing as he thrives off of fear and hate, Sombra might be able to use Spike's fear of separation to his advantage. Not to mention it would give us a chance to see what kind of villain Sombra is. Personally, he seems like a more dangerous threat to Equestria than Discord. While the latter is mischievous, manipulative, and can even control reality, the former is cruel, malicious, and just as capable of affecting those around him as Discord, if not in a cruder sense. Of course, this will all depend on whether or not Sombra's really gone. If he's not, I have no idea how he could use Spike to carry out his evil plans. Perhaps he'll try and get at Twilight or Celestia.... But if he really is alive, I'd like to think he would want revenge on Spike, given that it's because of him that Sombra failed in seizing the Crystal Empire. If I were Sombra, I'd be pretty embarrassed that a baby dragon were the cause of my defeat.

Well, I hope I have indulged enough food for thought. I apologize if some of these ideas seem a tad awkward. I'm only telling what I feel might be possible. For all I know, however, my guesses could be horribly wrong. The show's producers might very well have a whole new plot prepared for the show, which is exciting to think about.

Still, I can't get Spike's worst fear out of my head and what it will mean to the show.... Perhaps I'll understand things better when I finally watch Season 3. Thus far, not having the Internet, Netflix, or the Hub channel has prevented me from watching it.

Thank you for your time. I hope that all of your questions will be answered in Season 4 and that Spike will remain by Twilight's side...somehow.
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mechathefox Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I agree about all. Spike is my fav character too. :iconthatsspikeplz:
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Coltboy Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist
Who says Twilight is going to go rule some city?
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Karlos1234ify Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
This is what I was afraid of. With Twilight being a princess now, Spike's role as her
assistant is now obsolete. Along with the fact he is taken for granted.
Spike might become the new leader of the Mane 6 ( well 5 now).
Twilight at one time was talking about him being a leader.
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amberflicker Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
he could live with rarity
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ChipmunkRaccoon2 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We'll know when Season 4 rolls around. ;)
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beirirangu Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
or... what if Spike isn't the dragon they portrayed him as in the third season and he is more actually like he was in the second season or even better: like he's an actual 'person' (I don't intend to phrase it like that, but I mean like somepony his actual age would suggest, being only a few years younger than the other 6)

but it would all matter in the most part after the opening episodes of the fourth season, because what if Twi looses her wings in those episodes or something along those lines?

all I do know is that (like you) Spike is my favorite character and I strongly hope that he is no longer portrayed as the 'young one' for comedic effect, rather than a actual sentient being that deserves rights like any other...

Spike Is Best Pony!
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